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Nayden Todorov

Nayden Todorov is one of the most talented contemporary Bulgarian musicians, who has achieved prominence with his versatile and vivid interpretations of music in different genres. Born in 1974 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, he received his first piano lessons at the age of five and at sixteen made his conducting debut. Alexander Vladigerov in Bulgaria and Professor Karl Österreicher in Vienna were great influences on his formation as a conductor. As a student, he won awards from Bulgarian national and international competitions, and in 1990 founded a youth orchestra of his own, with which he performed for more than ten years in Bulgaria, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany, and recorded several compact-discs.

In 1993, Nayden Todorov received an invitation from the principal conductor of the Vratsa Philharmonic Orchestra to make his professional debut as a conductor. The same year he graduated with distinction from the Dobrin Petkov School of Music in Plovdiv and continued his studies in orchestral conducting with Professor Uroš Lajovic, in choral conducting with Professor Günther Theuring, and opera conducting with Professor Konrad Leitner at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

In 1996 -1997, Mr. Todorov was invited by the Leonard Bernstein Foundation, Jerusalem, to undergo a course of advanced studies in Israel, where he worked with Mendi Rodan, the principal conductor of the Israeli Philharmonic. At the same time, he was engaged as trumpet player in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he had the opportunity to work with eminent musicians such as David Shallon, Sergiu Comissiona, Lorin Maazel, Krzysztof Penderecki and many others.

In 2013, he acted as a jury member at the International Blue Danube Competition for Conductors, and in 2016 he was its chairman. In 2019, he also acted as chairman of the prestigious jury of the Gena Dimitrova Singing Competition, with members Alexandrina Miltcheva, Darina Takova, Kaludi Kaludov and Adrian Hollander.

In addition to his intensive activity in Bulgaria, Nayden Todorov has conducted hundreds of symphonic concerts, opera and ballet performances with various orchestras and opera companies in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Poland, Czech Republic, Poland, Czech Republic Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Egypt, China, South Korea, USA and others.

Over the years, Nayden Todorov has worked with all symphony orchestras and opera theatres in Bulgaria, but has a special bond with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, he was named its permanent guest conductor, to become later principal guest-conductor, and from the beginning of 2017 was elected its director.

In 2005, Nayden Todorov received his first Crystal Lyre for his performance with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra of the Second Symphony by Gustav Mahler.

In his concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Nayden Todorov has collaborated with some of the most prominent singers and instrumental performers in the world, such as Raina Kabaivanska, Angela Gheorghiu, Sonya Yoncheva, Vesselina Kasarova, Paul Badura-Skoda, Milena Mollova, Bernd Glemser, Peter Rözel, Yuri Bashmet, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sarah Chang, Maxim Wengerov, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Martha Argerich and many others!